Fire Prevention Week kicks off today
Today the Guyana Fire Service will kick off its week-long celebration in observance of Fire Prevention Week 2012. Today, church services will be held at Bartica, Timehri, Anna Regina, New Amsterdam, Leonora, and in the city.
Fire Chief Marlon Gentle in an interview with this publication said this year’s activities will be observed under the theme ‘Fire safety is everyone’s business, get involved now’.
Among the activities slated for the week are seminars, awareness fairs and community outreaches. Some of the communities slated to be visited include Linden, Uitvlugt, Lusignan and a grand fair at the Guyana National Stadium. Gentle stated that the theme for this year’s celebration speaks volumes of what the Fire Service will be advocating. He noted that every citizen has a vital role to play in fire prevention and safety.
“Persons need to raise their level of awareness and consciousness when it comes to fire safety and fire prevention, since too often deaths are recorded as a result of fire, and properties are destroyed and damaged,” the Fire Chief lamented.
Also during the week of celebration, the Fire Service will be celebrating its 55th anniversary. This occasion will be celebrated on October 12th and will mark 55 years since the Guyana Fire Service “broke off” from the Guyana Police Force.
Fire Chief Gentle noted that in five and a half decades, the Fire Service has grown tremendously from three stations to 15 such facilities, with another one imminent.
He said the service will continue in its efforts to “serve with a great amount of professionalism”. Gentle stated that while they continue to face harsh criticism, there is room for improvement, and he called on citizens to play their role and exercise greater care and caution.
“When we arrive on a fire scene, it is as a result of somebody failing to do what they are supposed to be doing in the first place.”